We only have a limited number of codes for Fenrir, but Smite itself is free.
If you're looking for a new game to sink your teeth into this weekend, Hi-Rez Studios would be delighted if you checked out Smite, a third-person multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title currently in open beta. Brand new to the Smite world this morning is Fenrir, The Unbound, a Norse god with high single target damage and high mobility. He isn't free, though we do have a small number of codes, courtesy of the developers, to give away on a first come, first serve basis. Hit the jump to claim yours.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that a fifth expansion to its Lord of the Rings Online free-to-play MMORPG, Helm's Deep, is slated for release this Fall. The new expansion stretches the story into the western plans of Rohan where players will battle for direct control of Helm's Deep, introducing 10 new levels and advancing the level cap from 85 to 95 in the process.
Play as popular DC Comics characters reimagined, such as Nightmare Batman.
Turbine Entertainment is developing an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game featuring a deep roster of DC Comics characters, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today. It's called Infinite Crisis, a free-to-play game in which you'll battle other players in the DC Multiverse using a wide variety of heroes and villains that are "twisted incarnations" of their regular selves, such as Nightmare Batman and Gaslight Catwoman.
Score up to $150 of in-game credit when you buy a GeForce GTX 660 or higher videocard.
Here's an interesting nugget Nvidia dug up to support its latest upgrade promotion. According to the latest Steam hardware survey, 36 million gamers don't own a strong enough graphics card to play World of Tanks, Hawken, or Planetside 2 at 1920x1080 with High settings. The reason Nvidia chose to focus on those three free-to-play (F2P) play titles is because it's offering $75-$150 of in-game credit when you upgrade to a qualifying GeForce graphics card from a participating vendor.
Bioware said it's adding a free-to-play (F2P) option to its online game Star Wars: The Old Republic this fall. The F2P option will give players access to each of the eight Star Wars character class storylines, which they can grind up to level 50. Bioware's pro bono mode will also include unlimited game access and new higher-level game content and features made available through individual purchases or via a subscription.
If you grew up playing games on the Commodore 64 and, later down the line, 286/386/486 IBM compatible PCs, there's a good chance you spent many hours serving Lord British, the mostly unkillable ruler of Britannia (save for an incident during an Ultima Online beta test). Well, you can stop longing for days gone by and re-experience (or experience for the first time) the series with a new, free-to-play title called Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.
What are you doing this weekend? OK, let us rephrase that: what plans are you canceling this weekend because they don't involve blue death discs and jetpacks? Tribes: Ascend, you see, is finally making the 50-foot vertical leap into open beta, and it's bringing four modes, nine customizable classes, and nine maps along with it. Also, seeing as it's free-to-play, this version of the high-flying FPS revival will probably carry on until the End Times, meaning that – in all likelihood – not even version 1.0 will steamroll your stats and unlocks. Regardless, this has “socially crippling multiplayer obsession” written all over it, and that's our favorite kind of obsession. So then, can we expect to see you gracefully skiing to battle alongside us, practically begging physics to write an amendment to the Gravity Constitution because you so thoroughly broke its laws?
We're expectantly awaiting the day when a developer fires off a press release about how it's choosing to not embrace free-to-play and make festive hats from its formidable riches. “We just... we really don't need that much money,” it'll read. “We put a lot of effort into this game and all, but our bank people are kind of mean and we have a headache.” That day, however, is not today. Instead, SOE has decided to dress DC Universe in its finest outside underwear and trot it out to the free-to-play market.
In the future, we're all going to sit in our rocking chairs and enthrall our grandchildren with tales of a time when videogames cost money. They'll then reply with a dismissive “Oh grandpa, you so crazy” before sauntering off to spend $400 on in-game hats. And everyone will have jetpacks. Where were we going with this? Oh, right: Team Fortress 2 is kicking its price tag to the curb and joining the free-to-play club.
What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! Or maybe it's a cloud shaped like a giraffe. Whatever. The sky's pretty uninteresting, generally speaking. Down here on ol' terra firma, though, NCSoft has decided to give MMO longtimer City of Heroes the free-to-play treatment. Take that, the sky! Details after the break.